|"Many of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies are promising revenge after the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property on Monday. But his former campaign lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, went a step further.|
Giuliani predicted to the New York Post that if Trump returns to the White House after the 2024 election, he’ll use the FBI to get back at Biden, claiming it’d be fair play after what Giuliani said was a politically motivated raid to hurt Trump’s political future.
“If Trump gets elected [president], the first thing he’ll do is raid every one of Biden’s houses,” he said.
Giuliani made the comment after arguing that the FBI search of Trump’s property “opened Pandora’s box,” warning the raid marked the start of a new era of presidents using the government to persecute their political opponents.
“All of a sudden, you’re the first president of the United States who introduced the banana-republic process of prosecuting your predecessor. We’ve avoided it for 240 years. Trump didn’t do it to Hillary. Ford didn’t do it,” he said.
But Giuliani must have a short memory.forgotten the last five years—and his own informal role in the Trump administration.
Trump spent his four years as president attempting to weaponize the government to hurt his political adversaries—steps that only failed because of clumsiness and resistance from key officials within his administration.
Remember that Trump’s first impeachment came because he withheld military aid from Ukraine to pressure them to dig up dirt on Joe Biden’s son Hunter (a scheme that, as the impeachment investigation showed, Giuliani was directly involved in).
There’s also those oh-so-coincidental IRS audits of FBI Director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, two men Trump despised and fired. The IRS audited just 8,000 returns the year Comey and McCabe were “randomly” selected out of the 154 million individual returns filed, according to the New York Times. The odds that both would be randomly selected in the same year are 1 in 370,562,500.
Comey, of course, was replaced by Trump with current FBI Director Christopher Wray—a lifelong Republican who likely signed the warrant to search Mar-a-Lago.
And it’s worth remembering that as he tried to reverse his 2020 election loss and stay in power, Trump seriously considered a plan pushed by Giuliani and his onetime national security adviser, former Gen. Michael Flynn, to appoint conspiracy theorist and Trump attorney Sidney Powell as special counsel to investigate the election, and consider Flynn’s calls to use the National Guard to seize voting machines in various states.
Trump only backed off that plan after his more sane advisers told him in a scream-filled White House meeting they’d ignore his orders. Trump also seriously considered firing the acting head of the Justice Department and appointing a lackey in order to try to reverse his 2020 election loss. He only backed off when his advisers threatened to resign en masse.
[Edited on August 11, 2022 at 2:58 PM. Reason : ]
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